Charles "Chuck" BOWMAN

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Died peacefully on October 11, 2013 at the age of 86. A lifelong resident of Santa Rosa, he graduated from Santa Rosa High School and SRJC. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp and was part of the Okinawa Occupation at the close of World War II. He married Mary Lazelle in 1952 and was her loving husband until her passing in 1989. Most of his working years were spent as an estimator for Malone Hardware and as part-owner of and lab director for Structural Testing. A strong family man, Chuck was happy to have his children and grandchildren nearby throughout his retirement. He is survived by his daughters Connie (Dixon) Haun, Nancy (Don) Blair, son Mark (Leigh) Bowman and grandchildren Andrew and Mary-Cate Haun, Christopher and Morgan Blair, and Jeffrey and Daniel Bowman. Chuck loved all things Scottish. He was a member of the SF Caledonian Club and the Northern California Highland Dance Association. He supported his daughters in their highland dance lessons and competitions and was able to make three trips to Scotland. He was a member of the Roseland Lions Club and spent many years as a docent at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, where he earned a Volunteer of the Year award. He especially loved giving tours to many groups of elementary school children. He worked tirelessly in genealogy and amassed an impressive family history in the days before computers. He enjoyed gardening, building backyard structures, camping, fishing, and reading. He loved Big Band music as well as following the Giants, the A's, the 49ers and college football. He will be remembered for his integrity, work ethic, sense of humor and kindness. At his request, no services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Chuck's love for his dogs, donations are suggested to the Humane Society or Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.
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Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel
1540 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19, 2013
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